Um Copo de Colera, which is adapted from a novel by Raduan Nassar, is an experimental film about an odd couple. She is an attractive journalist of twenty-five and he is a recluse in his late thirties who lives in a farm house outside Sao Paulo, where he has created a world of his own. When he comes home, she is waiting for him. They go to the bedroom. There is hardly a word spoken between the two. The next morning, he remembers that ants have chewed a hole in the hedge. He is very angry and the atmosphere changes. The harmony explodes into insults and recriminations. A few hours later, the same ritual is repeated -- desire, fulfillment, humiliation. Um Copo de Colera which was screened as part of the Panorama: art & essai section of the 49th International Berlin Film Festival, 1999, is a psychological study of the male warrior in the battle of the sexes, and an impressive self-examination and analysis of machismo.
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